Media release
15 August 2021

Victoria was notified of 25 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All are locally acquired cases.

There are 185 active cases in Victoria – 183 locally acquired and two overseas acquired cases.

There are four COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. One case is in intensive care.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,144.

Update: Outbreaks

Of the 25 new locally acquired cases, 21 are linked to current outbreaks and four are under investigation.

There were 12 cases in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

Of the locally-acquired cases:

  • 10 are linked to Al Taqwa College – 2 students and 8 household contacts
  • 7 are linked to Glenroy West Primary – 6 students and one household contact
  • 3 are linked to CS Square in Caroline Springs – all are household contacts
  • 1 case is linked to a case announced Friday in the Middle Park community

There are 4 cases for which investigations are still underway into an acquisition source:

  • 1 resides in the City of Dandenong
  • 1 resides in the City of Maribyrnong
  • 2 reside in the City of Port Phillip

There are currently more than 13,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Authorised officers, supported by the Australian Defence Force, continue to visit homes across Victoria to ensure that people are isolating correctly and are well supported. 1411 household visits were conducted yesterday. Officers are seeing a strong level of compliance.

There are around 500 exposure sites in Victoria and that number continues to grow.

Please check the website for all exposure sites and the dates and times of exposure at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes. 

We continue to ask every Victorian to check exposure sites regularly, as they are subject to change based on follow-up interviews and further investigation. 

Update: Vaccinations

In another record day for Victoria, 23,076 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services yesterday.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,948,996.

More and more appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are opening up. For more information, see More and more Victorians pick a reason to get vaccinated.

Victorians aged between 18 and 39 can attend a state-run vaccination centre to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine should they provide informed consent.

Anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated is strongly encouraged to make a booking.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Update: COVID-19 wastewater detections in Victoria

The Department is continuing to identify unexpected detections of COVID-19 fragments in wastewater in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Carlton, Glenroy-Broadmeadows, the Sunshine West industrial area, Camberwell and the Truganina-Williams Landing areas are all showing positive detections. The detections are in specific parts of those suburbs that have not recorded recent positive cases of COVID-19.

The unexpected wastewater detection in Carlton was identified within a public housing estate. Residents of this estate have been directly contacted and are being supported to get tested on site by CoHealth.

There are also regional detections in Shepparton and Lakes Entrance.

The Shepparton catchment includes the suburbs Shepparton, Kialla and small parts of Shepparton North and Orrvale. Anyone who lives, works or have visited those areas from 9 to 11 August is urged to watch for the slightest symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

The Lakes Entrance catchment includes the local government areas of Lakes Entrance, Lake Bunga, Kalimna, Lake Tyres and the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust. Anyone who lives, works or have visited those areas in Lakes Entrance from 8 to 11 August is urged to watch for the slightest symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

Wastewater detections in Victoria have been an early warning signal of positive cases appearing in areas, such as Phillip Island in regional areas and multiple metropolitan locations, so people in areas with recent wastewater detections need to be especially vigilant in getting tested should they develop even the mildest of symptoms.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in areas with recent positive detections and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Testing

32,286 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

Testing capacity is being expanded in the Port Phillip and Glen Eira area to support the East St Kilda community.

In response to continued high demand for testing in Melton, a new Melton drive-through testing site located at the Melton Football and Netball Club in Toolern Vale is operating from 8am to 8pm this weekend.

Testing capacity on Shepparton has been boosted. The Goulburn Valley Health Acute Respiratory Clinic in Graham St, Shepparton, is open from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week and additional staffing has been brought in for this weekend.

Extra weekend resources are also in place for three sites servicing Lakes Entrance. These are the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service drive-through testing site, the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic and at Gippsland Lakes Community Health. The Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic and Gippsland Lakes Community Health testing sites are by appointment only.

Testing capacity has also been increased in Caroline Springs, Maidstone, Plumpton, St Albans, Sunshine West and Sydenham.

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested.

Update: Permit Zone changes

From 11:59pm 14 August, the 11 red zone Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South East Queensland became orange zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.

The LGAs are City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

If you are travelling to Victoria and you have been in these LGAs after 8:01pm 31 July, you still need an orange zone permit and must isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

For more information on what orange zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit system - Orange zones. The Queensland Local Government Areas of Cairns and Yarrabah remain red zones.

Norfolk Island is now a green zone under Victoria’s travel permit system. For more information on what green zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit system - Green zones.

To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria. It is an offence to enter Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception, with fines of up to $5,452.

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system – including exceptions, exemptions, specified worker permits and frequently asked questions – visit Victorian travel permit system.

Border bubble: All of NSW including the border bubble remains an extreme risk zone. Where a cross-border community area is designated an extreme risk zone, cross-border community must have a permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria. Permits last for 14 days.

Update: Restrictions

Due to the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria, lockdown measures remain in force.

For more information, see Extended Melbourne lockdown to keeps Victorians safe.

At 11:59pm Monday 9 August, restrictions eased in regional Victoria.

For more information, see Lockdown to lift in Regional Victoria.

General advice

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested. 

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
25 0 0 185 0 32,286 8,800,542

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 

3,261,071

20,098 13.96